PLATO'S DEFINITION OF DEMOCRACY


17/01/2019




Serhat TUNAR –TDO- The Brexit process had begun when the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union in 2016 as a result of a plebiscite, in which 52% of the voter wanted Britain to leave the union.

David Cameron, the prime minister of that period, announced that they agreed to stay in the EU and would campaign to remain together in the referendum process, but he resigned in response to the unfavorable outcome, and a new “Brexit” government took office under the leadership of Theresa May.

After the start of Theresa May's prime ministerial period, a difficult bargaining process took place on the London-Brussels route, and an agreement was reached between European Union leaders and Prime Minister May.

May brought the agreement to parliament on January 15th but the outcome was a complete disappointment for her. In fact, this result does not seem to surprise most people. As a matter of fact, it is now known that the UK parliamentarians want to leave the union but do not want to leave under these circumstances. Parliamentarians are undecided about exactly what they want.

A vote of confidence will be held for the Theresa May Government in parliament. If the government fails to win a vote of confidence, a new government should be established within 14 days, which could receive a vote of confidence. Despite the heavy defeat of yesterday, Theresa May is not the least of those who think they will get the vote of confidence.

The government is considering the no-confidence vote in the evening and the future scenarios as well as trying to shoulder the pressure from the European Union. The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who announced a relevant statement after the vote was voted, said the current agreement is the best deal for the UK. Juncker stressed, however, that even if he did not, the likelihood of the United Kingdom being left unanimous from the union would increase after the vote. At the end of his statement, he said that the time had narrowed and that the UK should clarify its intentions as soon as possible.

After all this happened, a section of the stand-up show of British comedian Ricky Gervais, called Humanity, was shared on social media. In one part of the show, Gervais said, “We had a Brexit referendum because they passed the buck. They didn’t want to make a mistake. And there’s a ridiculous thing of, “Let’s ask the average person what they think.” Let’s stop asking the average person what they… Do you know how fucking stupid the average person is? We still sell bottles of bleach with big labels on that say “Do not drink”. Right? Let’s take those labels off, right? For two years. And then have a referendum.”

Although it is seen as a hard criticism, it is clear that Gervais was not mistaken. Perhaps this issue had to be solved in the House of Commons before being taken to a referendum.

Plato said, the basic principle of democracy is the sovereignty of the people. But in order for the nation to choose a good self-governance, it must be well-educated. If this cannot be achieved, democracy can pass to the autocracy. Democracy is a matter of education.

Certainly, democracy is the best method we have. But is the level of education enough for this method to work better? I think we need to think about this more seriously.


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